Throughout his career, Eric Clapton has taken an active role in designing the packaging for his albums working with many different artists, photographers and graphic designers. It was no different with Eric Clapton & Friends’ “The Breeze (An Appreciation of JJ Cale)”. During recording sessions last year in Los Angeles, Eric conceptualized JJ's face in the clouds for the album cover. To execute his idea, he reached out to well-known manga artist and anime character designer, Yushiyuki Sadamoto.Eric previously worked with Sadamoto for the cover of his 13th studio album, Pilgrim, released in 1998.
On September 17, "Journeyman: Eric Clapton - A Photographic Narrative" will be published by Calla Editions featuring the photographs of Gene Shaw. Shaw has been photographing Clapton for more than 30 years at locales around the globe at events large and small, public and private. The book includes more than 150 of Shaw's color and black and white photos of the guitarist, all accompanied by Shaw's performance notes and set lists. Many of the images are previously unpublished.
Nathan East, one of the world's most recorded bassists, makes his Grand Ole Opry debut this Saturday, August 16 performing with Grand Ole Opry member and MCA Nashville recording artist Vince Gill. The pair are teaming up for a one-night only performance on the Opry stage. The Grand Ole Opry can be heard live on wsmonline.com beginning at 7PM Central Time.
“It’s a true honor to have an opportunity to play on the Opry stage for the first time,” East said. “Sharing the experience with my friend Vince Gill and all of the talented musicians in the Grand Ole Opry Band makes it even more special.”
WATCH THE ENTIRE INTERVIEW HERE! Music journalist Dan Forte sat down with Eric Clapton for an in-depth talk about the making of "The Breeze (An Appreciation of JJ Cale)". In the 42 minute interview, Clapton discusses bonding with Cale at Albert Lee's home around 1980, the idea for "The Breeze" germinating on a flight from London to Los Angeles on his way to Cale's memorial service, his deep appreciation of Cale's music and and the guitarist's memories of recording "The Road To Escondido" with Cale in 2006, the recording of "Angel" with Cale for Clapton's "Old Sock" CD in 2013 and much more.